Are the HET well organised?
What does it look like?
Recommendation 6. The HET should ensure that all material created to
date has been properly and consistently catalogued and stored. In
particular, the HET should ensure that case folders contain all relevant material.
What about team work and team spirit in HET staff?
Independent staff use different working practices.
Inconsistent approaches undermine confidence in the HET‟s ability to treat each case consistently.
Couldn’t they give them induction packs?
They were rarely used.
Recommendation 8. The HET should introduce a rigorous induction
programme to ensure that all staff understand the policies and
practices that they should employ in their work.
How many cases do the HET investigate?
40 cases a month? Well no, 30
It would seem sensible for there to be an
independent assessment of what it is possible to achieve within the cost and timescales currently agreed.
Have they any quality assurance or review parameters?
Recommendation 9. The Chief Constable should commission an
assessment of the outstanding cases alongside the funding and time
required to complete the work of the HET.
We could not find any evidence of any quality assurance or review
processes. As a publicly funded body, operating in an area of significant
public interest, we consider it is necessary for the HET to be subject to
appropriate levels of independent oversight and inspection.
Who oversees HET work?
Who did you think?
Recommendation 10. An independent oversight panel should be
established to oversee and scrutinise in the public interest all aspects of the work the HET.
This body should have unfettered access to the information it would need to carry out this responsibility.
To be continued